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Sylvania Veterinary Hospital

Phone: (419) 885-4421Fax: (419) 885-02444801 N Holland Sylvania Rd, SylvaniaOH 43560-2118

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BBB Accreditation

A BBB Accredited Business since 09/27/2002

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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised Sylvania Veterinary Hospital's rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 1 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Problems with Product / Service1
Advertising / Sales Issues0
Billing / Collection Issues0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 1

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on Sylvania Veterinary Hospital

Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience
Neutral Experience
Negative Experience
Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by ResolutionAbout Complaint Details

Complaint Resolution Log (1)
10/28/2013Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

5 week old kitten was killed by ********** **** medicine.
On 10-03-2013, I took 3 orphaned, bottle fed kittens that I had been fostering since they were born for a well check in anticipation of adopting them out to homes in the week ahead. I was told they were all especially tine, had eye infectons, and were extremely underweight. The kittens were prescribed antibiotics for a respiratory infection and eye infections. Their weights were .76lbs,.80lbs &.50lbs being the smallest. She then told me they would need ********** for flea prevention. I was shocked and asked if it was safe. I was told yes. Dr. ******* ***** then took the litter to draw blood and administer the Revolution. When she came back in, the smalled kitten, ******* was lethargic. They gave him Kayro syrup in hopes of "perking him up" and sent me on my way.
A few hours later he was doing even worse and refusing his bottle. I rushed him back and was seen by Dr *** ******. He told me the cat was dehydrated and said I would need to tube feed him. He sent a tech in who gave me a single demonstration of tube insertion and sent me on my way.
The kitten died three hours later at home.

The patient AND doctor insert from ****** (the maker of *********** BOTH explicitly state this product should NEVER be given to kittens under the age of 8 weeks, never to an under weight kitten and never to a kitten showing signs of illness. All three applied to my litter.

I have called ******** *** and spoken to the office manager. She transferred me to the Dr who simply said "I am sorry, everyday is a learning experience and we are always learning."

I was offered a partial refund for my visit which was a total of $389.97 for the three kittens to be examined, tested for FeLV and prescribed antibiotics.

This is NOT acceptable. This litter was cared for around the clock. Feedings needed to take place every two to four hours and their bottoms needed stimulated as frequently to be able to go.

This was not an accident. It was complete incomptetance as I am not a medical professional and it took me less than three minutes and a search on Google to see that this medicine should NEVER have been given to anyone in my litter.

Desired Settlement
I would like all costs from this visit removed.

I would also like retraining to be provided for ALL employees under this Doctor so that NO other animal is killed due to their incompetance at basic label reading skills.

Business Response
The kitten arrived at SylvaniaVET on ******* and was very lethargic during exam. Kitten had a flea infestation so severe it was at risk for life threatening anemia. *** ***** noted during the examination issues with body temperature and failure to thrive and discussed potential poor prognosis with the client during the exam. She researched treatment for flea infestation for young kittens on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and overwhelmingly other Vets recommended using ********** off-label. Dr. Davis called the manufacturer of the product, *********** and spoke with a veterinarian who concurred for animals with fleas jumping from the body, which this kitten had. The client called on 10/5/13 to inform *** ***** the kitten had passed away. Practice owner *** ****** called the client to discuss the case and to support *** ******* reasons for using ********** off-label. A full refund was given to the client on Monday, October 7th.

Industry Comparison| Chart

Veterinarians, Pet Shops, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Grooming, Pet Boarding & Kennels

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 12/21/1992Business started: 01/01/1974
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

This company is in an industry that may require licensing, bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

Type of Entity


Incorporated: January 1978, OH

Contact Information
Principal: Dr. Robert Esplin (President)
Number of Employees


Business Category

Veterinarians, Pet Shops, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Grooming, Pet Boarding & Kennels

Products & Services

This company offers vererinary services, doggy day care, boarding, and an emergency pet clinic.

Map & Directions

Map & Directions

Address for Sylvania Veterinary Hospital

4801 N Holland Sylvania Rd

Sylvania, OH 43560-2118

To | From


1 Locations

  • 4801 N Holland Sylvania Rd 

    Sylvania, OH 43560-2118(419) 885-4421

Industry Comparison ChartX

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*Sylvania Veterinary Hospital is in this range.


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